Good news everyone!!!
We are back with another guitar. Well, actually, it’s a bass. This happens to be one of my very first instruments.
Let me introduce you to my 1977 Fender Mustang bass.
My aunt, Amy, gave me this to me when I first started playing the bass about 14 years ago. My grandfather had given it to her because she always wanted a Sunburst Fender strat. I know. I know. It’s not a strat. It’s not even sunburst. But it’s the thought that counts, right?
It’s not as far from what she wanted as you might imagine. Before this bass came into my family, one owner stripped the paint from it to give it that natural wood look. The paint that was stripped was sunburst. Go figure! I did not find this out until I had it re-fretted by Boot over at Frets and Necks before I started working there.
When I first started playing, this was the second bass that came into my possession, and it has been one of my favorites to play. You’ll notice that it is a little shorter than most basses. That is because it has a 30″ scale as opposed to the standard 34″ scale. The shorter scale gives it more of a guitar feel. That said, it is a bass through and through.
The Mustang has a deep., round, woody sound, and is right at home with most types of music. I have played this bass in many different groups and have gotten many compliments about the sound it produces. Plus, it just looks awesome!
To me, this is a prime example of how a road worn instrument should look. I like to have this bass as my main backup at shows. Don’t be surprised if you see a Mustang in many gigging bass player’s line up. Sometimes it’s nice to have a lighter, smaller bass….especially towards the end of a 4 hour gig.
This is also the bass I used for the majority of the Skymonk EP. You can hear it on the tracks “Stop Looking at Me” and “So Low”. I already know it will find its way onto the upcoming album tjat we are going to get to work recording soon.
The Mustang was the last bass Leo Fender designed before he left the company in 1965. It has an alder body with a maple neck and fretboard. In recent years, the Fender company has brought back the Mustang design and reissued it at different price levels, depending on the options chosen.
Enough of this babbling! Here are the pics!